Greater Hamilton Music Industry Awards is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing leadership in the music industry. The GHMIA's board is responsible for setting GHMIA policies and overseeing the organization's operation. Board members play an important role as advocates for the music scene in Hamilton.
A lifelong music lover of multiple genres, Shiona sang with an amateur Beatles cover band in Tokyo in 2000, and, later, as an auditioned member of the Hong Kong Singers chorus, enjoyed singing and dancing in a musical revue, Hey Mr. Musical! (2002) and two classic musicals – South Pacific (2003) and Guys and Dolls (2004). She sang with the Drum Corps Alumni Toronto Chorus and performed in short comedic music skits with the break-out trio, Tomcat and The Kittens, between 2009 and 2013. In 2011, Shiona founded SM Mack Communications, a boutique firm offering communications and marketing services to local artists and non-profits. Joining the Board of Directors of the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir, Shiona served as Marketing Director from 2014 to 2016, and briefly acted as General Manager for the Oakville Chamber Orchestra in 2017. Shiona is in her third year at Mohawk College as the Music Studies Support Service Officer, additionally taking on the role of Project Manager for the music program articulation agreement between the college and McMaster University and participating on the organizing committee for the inaugural Music Career Day Hamilton held at Mohawk College in 2018. Shiona is excited about encouraging emerging talent while supporting the new Greater Hamilton Music Industry Awards.
Ellen Davidson has worked in music and in TV/film for the majority of her career. She began as a publicist and then a concert promoter out of Toronto, presenting artists such as Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Stephane Grappelli and Ray Charles in soft seaters throughout eastern Canada. Ellen was also head of Programming for the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) for five years, then Vice President, Communications for Astral Media and creator of the Harold Greenberg FUND supporting original Canadian movies. Since her relocation to Hamilton, she has loved doing small shows in local venues with our amazing local talent.
Lisa Millar became VP of Promotion and Publicity of Bullseye Records in 2002. While there she worked on tours, radio campaigns and creative advertising solutions with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Honeymoon Suite, Toney ‘Wild T’ Springer and over 70 other artists. Lisa also managed Dave Rave and produced records with him. She was also President of Frontline Records, launched in Hamilton, in 2008. Lisa Millar was nominated as Artist Manager of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards in 2006 for her work with Dave Rave and as well as Publicist of the Year in 2015 and 2016. She also won the Hamilton Spec Readers Choice award for Public Relations achieving a Diamond Award in 2016 and a Platinum Award in 2017. She was involved for several years as the Stage Manager for the Hamilton Music Awards and was a Judge for three years for the Niagara Music Awards. Lisa Millar currently teaches workshops about the subject of publicity planning so that artists and musicians can learn how to promote themselves and continues as a freelance music publicist in Hamilton.
Anita has been working in the design industry for over twenty years and is never happier than when getting creative in Photoshop while rocking out to some excellent tunes. Anita has worked on branding, print, and web projects for a multitude of clients, covering small startups to large companies, a wide range of industries, in Canada, the US and overseas. As huge music fan, Anita has spent the last 10+ years attending gigs and as a photographer at festivals within the Golden Horseshoe. In 2019, Anita and her husband Brian started an artist booking and promotion agency, with a roster of artists across Canada. Loving live music, the build up to an event and the buzz of an excitable crowd, Anita believes there's no better feeling than hearing your favorite song, being played among thousands of loved up fans, all coming together as one voice.